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Rutherford County Schools racks up awards at Tennessee school boards conference

November 6, 2017
 
By JAMES EVANS
Rutherford County Schools
 
Rutherford County Schools earned multiple awards and recognitions during the annual Tennessee School Boards Association Conference, which was held in Nashville last weekend.
 
Longtime School Board member Wayne Blair of Smyrna earned the All Tennessee School Board Award. Blair — who has served as both chairman and vice chairman previously for the Rutherford County Board of Education — also served as the TSBA president for 2017.
 
School Board member Coy Young of Lascassas was also recognized and earned the Level V Boardsmanship Award from TSBA. The mastery designation is the highest offered by TSBA for elected School Board members in Tennessee. Young joins fellow Rutherford County School Board members Blair, Terry Hodge and Aaron Holladay, who have all previously earned the Level V award.
 
Rutherford County Schools also earned an “Award for Excellence” for the Mechatronics program at Oakland High School. The Mechatronics program has received multiple accolades and has been used as a model for other high schools in Tennessee and beyond. In fact, the program has become a frequent tour stop for education officials from other states, including as far away as Hawaii.
 
RCS Career and Technical Education Coordinator Tyra Pilgrim and Oakland High School Principal Bill Spurlock led a session at the TSBA conference to share information about the Mechatronics program with other Tennessee public education representatives.
 
Other Rutherford County Schools programs also made appearances at the conference, including the Central Magnet School robotics team and the choir from Stewarts Creek High School.
 
PHOTOS
 
Top, RCS School Board member Wayne Blair shares the stage with the choir from Stewarts Creek High School as Blair receives the All Tennessee School Board Award.
 
Bottom, Oakland Principal Bill Spurlock, RCS Career and Technical Education Coordinator Tyra Pilgrim and Rutherford County Director of Schools Don Odom pose with the Mark of Excellence Award the school district received for the Mechatronics program at Oakland High School.